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UNCE hosting Carson River video contest

Posted 9/27/2012

Competition open to watershed residents from Gardnerville to Fallon

Residents living within the Carson River watershed are invited to combine their creative energies with their environmental concerns to create a video about how people can help keep the Carson River cleaner and healthier.

The 2013 "Keep Streamsides Greener, Keep Water Cleaner" video contest is open to residents from Gardnerville to Pershing County, including Carson City, Dayton, Virginia City, Silver Springs, Fallon and Stillwater. Residents in Alpine County communities in California are also eligible.

The contest is sponsored by the Carson River Coalition Education Working Group. The working group includes the Carson Water Subconservancy District, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, the Audubon Society and River Wranglers.

To goal of the contest is to spark creative action messages about preserving, protecting and restoring the river and its sensitive shoreline. Winners will receive a raft trip on the Carson River, and winning entries will be showcased at the Carson River Watershed Film Festival to be held on World Water Day, March 22, 2013.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Create a 30- or 60-second public service announcement in video format urging people to take simple actions to stop pollutants from entering the river and keep water clean.
  • Your video can incorporate photos, film, computer graphics, cartoon animations, play-acting, or other fun methods to grab and hold the attention of the viewer.
  • Post the video to your YouTube channel and send us a link on the contest entry form.
  • Complete the online entry form. You may submit more than one entry, but you must complete a separate entry form for each video. Be sure to include the YouTube link for your video.
  • Mail a high-quality copy of your video on a DVD to: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Attn: Sue Donaldson, 4955 Energy Way, Reno, NV 89502. Your envelope must be postmarked no later than Feb. 16, 2013.

Cooperative Extension Water Quality Education Specialist Sue Donaldson encouraged interested filmmakers to watch the contest video ( before starting their project. That video provides more details about the contest but also illustrates what an effective video looks like.

"We’re not looking for videos focused on picking up trash or litter — that’s been done before," Donaldson says. "We’re looking for creative messages about the simple things people can do to keep other pollutants — such as those you can’t see or smell — out of the river."

Donaldson also noted that filmmakers must make sure to get video or photo release forms signed by anyone appearing in the video or by the guardians of those under 18 years of age who appear. The entry must be original content and can’t include copyrighted music, video, audio or branded product images. Entries become the property of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, which reserves the right to broadcast any entry via Facebook, YouTube, our website and UNCE affiliate sites.

Additional information:

Contact: Susan Donaldson, 775-784-4848.

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